Bell Media acquires Rezolution’s “Rumble”

The feature doc about the role of Native Americans in popular music is set to make its world premiere at Sundance later this month.
January 17, 2017

Canadian media conglomerate Bell Media has acquired the documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World from Montreal-based prodco Rezolution Pictures.

Directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, the feature-length doc (pictured) charts the role of Native Americans in popular music history and features interviews with such cultural and indigenous icons as Buffy St. Marie, Peter La Farge, Jesse Ed Davids, Jimi Hendrix, Iggy Pop, Stevie van Zandt and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.

The doc, which is set to bow on Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival, will make its television debut on Bell’s pay-TV service The Movie Network in 2017, though no broadcast date has been confirmed.

In Canada, broadcast deals for the film have already been struck by APTN, ARTV and Radio-Canada. Internationally, meanwhile, ARTE has acquired the film for France and Germany, while Yes took the doc for Israel. Air dates have not been confirmed, though all broadcasters will air the doc after its world premiere at Sundance.

North American distribution for Rumble is being handled by Diana Holtzberg of East Village Entertainment, with Jan Rofekamp of Films Transit on international distribution.

Producers on the project are Christina Fon, Lisa M. Roth, Catherine Bainbridge and Linda Ludwick, while exec producers are Ernest Webb, Bainbridge, Fon, Ludwick and Rofekamp.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.